Took measurements; here’s what will work best (all outside dimensions of the cabinet):
33 ¼” W x 13 ¼” H x 20 ¼” D
Assuming full ¾” stock for carcase and all dividers, top drawer will be 10” x 2 ¾” (face), and larger drawers will measure 20 ¾” x 3 ¾”. The door (or larger, right side drawer) is 10” x 11 ¾”.
Other hard requirements:
- Has to fit between the legs of the bench (of course);
- Must be set back enough to not make contact w/ the 203 clamps in the sliding deadman; and
- Drawers must work around the deadman being in place.
Drew the cabinet face on some foam board and here it is underneath the Roubo as a one-stop mock up. It shows that the sliding deadman, pushed right, is totally clear of the other four drawers.
Then I took a hold down and ran it through the benchtop. I use hold downs a lot and the cabinet can’t interfere with those. And if they fit, can’t imagine a clamp that would get in the way either. Pic is hard to see, kinda dark, but shows between a one and two inch clearance.
The mock-up shows drawer sizes that will handle chisels on top, other hand tools in the two drawers below, so time to press forward. Thought is to do this as a furniture carcase build as much as possible – I want to do hand-tooled dovetails for the carcase and stopped dados for the solid-wood dividers. And this may be a great place to use some of the pine 1x stock (actually 7/8”) that came out of the attic of my house. I’ve always looked for ‘the right place’ to use that stuff but I’ve now been storing it 18 years.
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